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The East Bay’s premiere literary showcase features the haunting vocal loops of BROOKE DABALOS, the sublime naughtiness of MG ROBERTS, the passion of SEAN LABRADOR Y MANZANO, the street smart engine known as CASSANDRA DALLETT, the deadpan gut and jaw of JOEL LANDMINE, the knee melting heat of MAISHA Z.JOHNSON, the heartbreaking dark humor of JOHN PANZER and the sheer heart of JASON SCHEINHEIT.



7 PM

Music and more with your host Tom Lattanand. Featuring AudioAngel.




TRIPLE CHICKEN FOOT plus special guests

7:30 PM

Triple Chicken Foot is an old time trio playing fiddle and banjo tunes featuring Ben Guzman on fiddle/mandolin, Mike Heinle on banjo ans Kelly Martin on guitar.

They were voted “Best Folk Band in L.A.” in 2011 by LA Weekly.  They are known for keeping roots music alive by hosting square dances and produce the Los Angeles Old Time Social.

There will be square dancing folk at this show so bring your dancing shoes or sit back and watch!





 5 - 6PM :The Beast Crawl presents the best experimental poets in the country!

 1. RENA ROSENWASSER is a co-founder of Kelsey Street Press in Berkeley in 1974, and served as the Press’ director for over 20 years.  Under her direction Kelsey Street has established itself as the oldest women’s experimental press in the nation.  2. HAZEL WHITE is a 2008 winner of Tony Labat’s Monologue Competition at the SF MOMA.  Her first book, “Peril as Architectural Enrichment” was published by Kelsey Street in 2011. 3. TIFF DRESDEN is the author of “Because Icarus-Children” from Winteredpress and the chapbook “Aeolus, Variations on the Element.”  4.  VALERIE WITTE has had work appear in Eleven-Eleven, Faultlne, VOLT, Switchback, No Tell Motel and the Lone Mountain Anthology. She is a member of the ge collective.  5. AMBER DI PIETRA is a poet and disability culture worker in San Francisco. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Make, A Chicago Literary Magazine, Tarpaulin Sky, Mrs. Maybe and TRY.  6.  MONICA PECK is a 2011 San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Grant Recipient.  She is the author of the chapbooks “Bug,” “While You Were Watching” and “Bower to Bower.” Her work has appeared in Poetic Labor Project, Five Fingers Review, The Walrus and she is a member of the ge collective. 7. ERIN H. HEATH is a recent MFA in Writing grad of the California College for the Arts and is working on a manuscript about Oakland’s KEY ROUTE transit system which discontinued in 1958.  She has lived in NYC and Seoul, Korea. 8. GABRIELLE GLICKSTEIN graduated with a BFA in Writing from the Pratt Institute in New York where she is from.  Before moving to Oakland, she worked on a raw goat dairy farm and chocolate factory.  She is working on building a traffic light.

Followed by music from The Duke Of Norfolk!

The Duke of Norfolk (born Adam Howard) has been writing songs since December 2007. He released a piano-based album called “Shadows and Shapes” in December of 2009 under the name Adam Howard, before realizing that there are approximately 30,000 other Adam Howards in the world. Wishing for a new start and a new name, he picked up an acoustic guitar, claimed his rightful place in the royal family in the summer of 2010 and has been The Duke of Norfolk ever since.



July First Friday with JL Stiles & Nice Guy Trio

Friday, July 6th
7:00 pm - Midnight 
7:30 pm: Nice Guys Trio
9:00 pm: JL Stiles

Artist Reception for Raul Jorcino:  I paint from memories. I don’t look at pictures. My childhood memories bring back vivid colors from Buenos Aires and many other things from those years. These images resurface with energy as I explore with different techniques and media.  Buildings, structures and inner spaces are present in many of my pictures. I often find myself creating large-scale paintings following a simple demonstration sketch during a lesson with kindergarten children. Children are truly inspirational. One only needs to watch a child approach a blank piece of paper without fears of making “mistakes” to understand that art is truly about the process and the passion of creating. The final product is secondary.

The Nice Guy Trio is Darren Johnston on trumpet, Rob Reich on accordion, and Daniel Fabricant on bass. Their sound is a unique mix of roots and innovation, of soulfulness and humor. In concert they focus on their own original compositions, occasionally adding songs by jazz greats, by their favorite local composers, or pieces from various folk traditions.

JL Stiles is a unique animal who for the first time is merging two totally different fields of truth seeking: Ragtime blues and higher mathematics.  Both of these disparate strands filtered through a lifetime on the run, searching for a universal truth from psychedelic Brazilian forests to US college campuses and further into his own unique vision.  JL Stiles has a mind that sees music in a similar way to how J.S. Bach saw music.  However, Bach never played the blues.




“After 5 years on the road, 4 albums under their belt and multiple international tours, Water Tower has been brewing up a storm in the folk music world.  The boys have collaborated live with members of bands like Frank Turner, Kitty Daisy and Lewis, the Red Stick Ramblers, and the Foghorn Stringband and shared the stage with acts like Old Crow Medicine Show, Mumford and Sons, Wilco, Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three, and Woody Pines.  They have toured extensively in both the USA and abroad, and performed live on the BBC, NPR, and RTE.  Their all original sound is infectious and has spread far and wide to audiences of all ages and walks of life.  Based in Portland, Oregon these young gents got their start busking on street corners playing traditional old time and bluegrass, eventually honing their sound as a solid dance band playing square dances and bluegrass festivals up and down the west coast.”




Tommy Near Music

Wednesday, June 20
7pm - 9pm

Good old American acoustic music with Tommy Near originals as well as covers.

Tommy Near music is all about life, and the things that compose it. Spawned out of times and trials, good times and bad times, ups and downs, Tommy has been creating music for the past ten years. Hailing from a suburb of Sacramento, Tommy was a kid trying to figure out if he wanted to be Dave Matthews or Dr. Dre when he grew up. After graduating high school, Tommy spent a year in Chicago trying to find his own niche of music that blended his acoustic love and his love for irony and metaphors… this acoustic love led him into playing death metal and moving to the south. After a 3 year stint of touring with his metal band, Tommy moved back to Northern California, to redefine his life and music. Thus, the music you hear today is a chronicling of the events that led to where he is today. And the covers that he plays, are the songs that hold true to that “not so straight and narrow” road that he has traveled. In short, Tommy plays music made in America for the world….. if that makes sense.


Bitchez Brew No. 2

Saturday June 16, 2012
7:00pm to 9:30pm
door:  $5 - $10, no one turned away for lack of funds

Muscial guest: Val and John

Bitchez Brew showcases the finest homegrown literary and musical talent the Bay Area has to offer, culled from all the tribes that co-exist in our sweet little bubble.  Saturday June 16th features Hugh Behm-Steinberg, MK Chavez, Vernon Keeve III,  Lauren Becker,  Rachel Swan, Hollie Hardy and singer/songwriter Jonathan Hirsch (tenative.)


Hugh Behm-Steinberg is a poet based in Berkeley. He is the author of Shy Green Fields (No Tell Books) and Sorcery (Dusie). He teaches in the graduate writing program at California College of the Arts, where he is the faculty editor of Eleven Eleven. With Caroline Goodwin and Mary Behm-Steinberg, he is the publisher of MaCaHu Press.. 

Hollie Hardy has served as Editor-in-Chief of Fourteen Hills: The SFSU Review. The “Survival Poems” featured here have titles appropriated from The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook. Her work has appeared in Parthenon West Review, sPARKLE & bLINK, One Ded Cow, Transfer, Milvia Street, and other journals. Send love to:

Lauren Becker is editor of Corium Magazine and founder and host of the East Bay on the Brain (EBOB) reading series. Her work has appeared in The Los Angeles Review, Hobart, Juked, Opium and elsewhere, and her collection of short fiction, Things About You and Me, is included in the anthology Shut Up/Look Pretty (Tiny Hardcore Press, 2012).

Vernon Keeve III (V.) is a neophyte to the Bay Area. He hails from the skeletal clutches of the American South: Fredericksburg, Virginia to be exact, and now resides in the western ventricle of Oakland. V. writes his experience in poetry, fiction and theater. He is currently earning his MFA at California College of the Arts and has plans of being an educator.

Rachel Swan is the music editor at the East Bay Express, and a recovering Luddite. She has also written for Film Quarterly, Vibe, Bitch, Jazziz, andThe Best Sex Writing of 2010. Just sayin’.

MK Chavez is a co-founder and co-director of Lyrics & Dirges reading series. She’s into shiny things, being read to while bathing, mittens, books, words, language, and her camera. In her next life she wants to come back as a snail because snail sex is hot-hot. She is the author of the chapbook “Virgin Eyes” (Zeitgeist 2008) 


Amendola Vs. Blades

Friday, June 15
8:30p - 11:30p 

Advance Tickets:  $7.50
At the Door:  $10.00  

Bay Area Jazz masters, Scott Amendola and Wil Blades team up for an amazing night of jazz at Awaken Cafe.




Thursday, June 14
7 pm - All Ages
$7 Advance SOLD OUT
$10 Door SOLD OUT

An unrehearsed, unedited, night of Live Storytelling from the hit NPR Snap Judgment crew in a small candle-lit venue. Featuring Snap favorites and stories never heard on-air.

Hosted by Snap Judgment’s Glynn Washington (who you may have recently seen on This American Life’s Live Show



Joe Klocek, Creator of “Previously Secret Information” Storytelling show, Comedy Central

Caitlin Gill, Comedian, Tourettes Grand Slam Champ

Josh Healey, Winner of Snap’s ‘Story of the Year’!

Chas Jackson, Poet, Playwright, Teacher

James Judd, Creator of “7 Sins” One Man show

Dahya Lakshminarayanan, Comedian, Snap Storyteller

Nina G., World’s Only Stuttering Comedian

Kyle Bowen, Mortician and Snap Storyteller